Q&A with Richard Seigler

"I play with a lot of heart and passion. I am a very emotional player when I am out there on the field having a lot of fun and it shows. I just love to go out and compete and winning games and I am trying to win a championship. I just let loose and have a lot of fun when I am out there on the field."

Q: Did you have a feeling that you would land with the 49ers?

Seigler: I have a great relationship with Dennis Erickson, not only him but a lot of his staff. I know that they already knew that I could play and I had a feeling that they believed in me and my ability to make plays on the field. I am just glad that they are giving me an opportunity to play.

Q: Could you tell us about the Richard Seigler motor?

Seigler: I just love to compete. I go out there and really enjoy playing the game. I am really excited about coming out to the Bay Area and being a 49er. It is an opportunity; I just have to come in and pick up the game speed and help win a championship.

Q: Because you slipped in the draft, did you kind of have a feeling that nobody else wanted you?

Seigler: I don't feel like no one else wanted me. I just felt like I slipped down pretty far. The situation is now perfect for me, I get a chance to go back and play for Coach Erickson all over again is going to be great. I played for him in college and now I am going to play for him again in the NFL. It is a great situation.

Q: Was Oregon State the only school that recruited you out of high school?

Seigler: They were the biggest school. I wasn't highly recruited out of high school, but I did go up to Oregon State and shined out there and had a pretty good college career and I hope to just build on that and continue to grow as an athlete and person in the NFL. Some of the smaller schools that recruited me were Weber State, Nevada-Reno and other schools like that.

Q: As a linebacker, do you feel more comfortable on the inside or the outside?

Seigler: I feel most comfortable playing on the inside, but in saying that I am coming into a new team and a new situation a new defensive scheme and I will have to adjust to where ever they want me to play.

Q: Do you view yourself as a warrior on the football field?

Seigler: I play with a lot of heart and passion. I am a very emotional player when I am out there on the field having a lot of fun and it shows. I just love to go out and compete and winning games and I am trying to win a championship.

Q: Are you an emotional person off the field, too, or is that just on the field?

Seigler: I am a real laid back person off the field. I just let loose and have a lot of fun when I am out there on the field.

Q: How is your speed?

Seigler: The thing with my speed is that I had a knee injury in the bowl game. This was the only injury that I ever had and that kind of altered my 40-time because when I ran it, I was still rehabbing my knee. So that is what really scared off a lot of teams when they saw my 40-time, but coach Erickson knows my ability and he knows how I play. I am just glad that he still has confidence and faith in me that just give me more pride to go out there and play hard for him.

Q: How is your knee now?

Seigler: It is doing well, it is almost 100 percent and it is getting stronger every day. I didn't need surgery or anything; I just needed time to heal the ligaments and stuff. I had a torn MCL in my right knee. I should be 100 percent in about a month. It doesn't bother me now, but the doctor told me that it takes about six to seven months to heal. I can't say that it is 100 percent right now but as far as moving around and doing a lot of agility work, I can do everything, I have full range of motion and it doesn't bother me at all. But am I at 100 percent right now? No.

Q: How much do you know about the strong corps of linebackers you're joining in San Francisco?

Seigler: I know that they have a Pro Bowler on the team, and so I am going to be able to learn from some of the older veterans. I just want to come in and contribute heavily on special teams and pick up what I can and help the team as much as possible.


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